Hearing Things: Tomayto-Tomahto, Potayto-Potahto

by Candace Alper for YummyMummyClub.ca

You say tomayto, I say tomahto. You say Danya, I say pronounce my child’s name the right way.

Your children’s names are really the first thing that you give them that they will have for the rest of their lives. There are those mothers among us who have known what names they would give to their children since they were young, while others only start the selection process once they find out that that they are pregnant.

It will be the one word that you will speak more than any other in your house (well, except for “no” during those toddler years).

You choose the name and you love it. You love what it means to you, the story behind it, the feelings or memories it evokes. You’re confident that this is a name that your child will feel good about seeing one day on a diploma, business card, novel, marquee or album cover. You love the way it sounds when you say it out loud. You say it over and over and over again.

Then you step out into the world and you introduce your baby to people and this happens:

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